Christian Conservatives Withhold $5 to $6 Million From Some of the World’s Poorest Kids Because of Gay Marriage

New insight into the World Vision debacle that occurred a year ago this week suggests that conservative Christians were so peeved over the charity organization’s decision to no longer consider gay people unhirable, that thousands of the poorest children in the world lost more than five million dollars in donations. That amount could be almost twice as high as previously thought, writes Patheos blogger Ben Corey.

World Vision is a Christian charity that matches Western sponsors and third-world children. The organization says it does not promote Christianity outright as part of its core mission, but concedes that Christian principles are often transferred through the relationships that its workers build with poor communities abroad.

Last year’s fiasco left all parties disenfranchised, because after an outcry by conservative Christian members, World Vision caved, reneging on its promise within days by deciding to keep discriminating against gay applicants. So everyone lost — but none lost more than the children whom this was all supposed to be about.



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A Telephone Psychic Confesses It Was All a Scam

Erin Auerbach was a failed actress who came to Las Vegas for an exciting job opportunity that fed what she admitted was a strong ego: She was going to become a professional psychic. “The thing is, I’m not sure that I’m psychic,” she admitted to the interviewer.

“That’s OK,” he replied. “We’ll give you everything you need for the job.”



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Creationist Eric Hovind Preached Creationism at a Georgia Public School This Week and We Have Proof

If you’re doing something that is arguably a violation of the law, why would you flaunt it on Facebook?

Creationist Eric Hovind posted this on his page earlier this week:

Hovind was invited to a public school (!) to teach “critical thinking” (?!?!)… What the hell did that look like?

Hovind deflected one commenter who asked him if his presentation was recorded by saying “Nope. Sorry,” so I guess we have no record of what he talked about.

Oh wait…

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Germany’s IRS Says Soccer Player Luca Toni Owes $1.85 Million In Back Taxes Because He’s a Catholic

An Italian soccer player who starred on the world-renowned German Bayern Munich team for three seasons owes $1.85 million in back taxes, German authorities allege — because he was baptized a Catholic.

Hellas Verona star Luca Toni could be forced to pay €1.7m [$1.85 million] to the German Catholic Church for failing to pay a religious tax.

According to Sport Mediaset, Toni will go to trial in Munich for the outstanding sum accrued while he was playing for Bayern from 2007 to 2010.

The Kirchensteuer [church tax] rule finances religions via taxes in Germany, which in Bavaria is eight per cent of [people’s] income.



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Mississippi Judge: Underage Drinkers Can Write an Essay About the Book of Revelation to Avoid Harsher Punishment

When underage drinkers get caught, Mississippi Judge Albert Fountain gives them two options to “keep the conviction off their records and avoid hefty costs”:

1) Write a 1,000-word essay about the effects of alcohol

2) Write a 500-word essay about the effects of alcohol… and another 500-word essay about the Book of Revelation



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